APR ECU Upgrade - 2.0T EA888 Gen 1 (Transverse)

Unlock hidden horsepower and torque with our performance tuning software for your vehicle's Engine Control Unit (ECU).

PART# ECU-20T-EA888-1-T

Overview

APR's ECU Upgrades are the best dollar-per-horsepower modification one can make to improve engine performance. The upgrades dramatically increase horsepower and torque, making for an exceptionally quicker and more exciting vehicle. This is made possible through APR's optimization of the factory engine management system to take full advantage of the engine's capabilities, without needing any end user adjustment. The ECU Upgrades are available with various features and supported octane levels and each stage is compatible with most typical bolt-on modifications. The software is installed to the vehicle's factory ECU through the OBD-II port, resulting in a clean and headache-free install.

Features:

  • Horsepower - More horsepower throughout the whole rpm band
  • Torque - More torque throughout the whole rpm band
  • Program Switching - Change programs and access features with your cruise control stalk
  • APR Mobile - Change programs and access features with your smart device
  • Valet Mode – Neuters the vehicle, giving the driver minimal output
  • Anti-Theft – Password protects driving the vehicle
  • Security Lockout – Password protects program switching
  • Fault Code Erase – Resets ECU fault codes and adaption on the fly
  • Fuel Grades - Multiple octanes from which to choose
  • Stages - Multiple performance levels depending on installed hardware
  • Flat Torque - Optional torque limited version for a flatter torque profile
  • 6MT Launch Limiter - User adjustable launch limiter to build boost for the perfect launch
  • 6MT No Lift Shift - Reduce shift times and lag by shifting without lifting off the throttle
  • Acceleration - Accelerate faster with more power and reduced throttle lag
  • Linear Throttle - Pedal maps adjusted for a more linear feel
  • Brake Boosting - Left foot braking or brake boosting added
  • Speed Limiter - Go as fast as you want with the speed limiter out of the way
  • Rev Limiter - Increased redline for higher revving
  • Standing Limiter - Increased standing limiter for higher revving at idle
  • Motorsport Limiter - With the soft limiter removed, you’ll get full power right up to the hard, “bap bap bap” redline fuel cut
  • Economy - While cruising, or driving normally, your fuel economy may benefit from our optimized calibration
  • Direct Port Programming - Clean and easy install through the OBD II port without removing the ECU
  • Free Updates - Get free updates for life
  • Guarantee - 30 day money back guarantee

Specs

BrandAPR
Engine AspirationTurbocharged
Engine ConfigurationI4
Engine Displacement2.0L
Engine FamilyEA888 Gen 1
Engine OrientationTransverse
Fuel TypeGasoline
MarketNAR
ROW
Product TypeECU Upgrade
Part NumberECU-20T-EA888-1-T

APR ECU Upgrade Stages

APR’s ECU Upgrades are available in multiple octanes levels. Each stage is fully compatible with an upgraded intake, catback exhaust, or other minor bolt on modifications.

APR Stage 1

The APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires no engine hardware modifications and produces 253-261 HP with 309-317 FT-LBS of torque with the factory intake, and 257-271 HP with 312-336 FT-LBS with the APR intake. This software is available in specific versions for use with the stock intake, and an upgraded intake system. Also, this software is available in a flat torque variation to limit strain on the factory manual clutch. To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded intercooler, catback exhaust, and various other bolt-on modifications all without requiring any new modifications to the ECU.


APR Stage 1 is available for 91 AKI, 93 AKI, and 104 AKI in North America, and 95 RON, 98 RON, and 108 AKI in the Rest of the World.

APR Stage 1 Plus

The APR Stage 1+ ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires an upgraded intake system and no other engine hardware modifications and produces 257-268 HP with 312-336 FT-LBS of torque. To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded intercooler, catback exhaust, and various other bolt-on modifications all without requiring any new modifications to the ECU.


APR Stage 1+ is available for 91 AKI, 93 AKI, and 104 AKI in North America, and 95 RON, 98 RON, and 108 AKI in the Rest of the World.

APR Stage 2

The APR Stage 2 ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires an upgraded exhaust system and intake system and no other engine hardware modifications and produces 270-283 HP with 319-350 FT-LBS of torque. This software is available in a low torque variation to limit strain on the factory manual clutch. To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded intercooler, and various other bolt-on modifications all without requiring any new modifications to the ECU.


APR Stage 2 is available for 91 AKI, 93 AKI, and 104 AKI in North America, and 95 RON, 98 RON, and 108 AKI in the Rest of the World.

APR Stage 3 K04

The APR Stage 3 K04 ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires a K04-064 drop-in turbocharger upgrade, upgraded exhaust system, intake system, intercooler system, and no other engine hardware modifications and produces 346-375 HP with 360-408 FT-LBS of torque. On some vehicles, upgraded valve springs may be necessary. APR's software is designed for use with NGK BKR8EIX spark plugs gapped to 0.024" ±0.002" or 0.6mm ±0.05mm with a change interval of 10-15,000 mi or 16-24,000 km. To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with a various other bolt-on modifications all without requiring any new modifications to the ECU.


APR Stage 3 K04 is available for 91 AKI, 93 AKI, and 100 AKI in North America, and 95 RON, 98 RON, and 104 AKI in the Rest of the World.

APR Stage 3 GTX

The APR Stage 3 GTX2867R ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires a APR GTX2867R turbocharger system, upgraded exhaust system, intake system, intercooler system, and no other engine hardware modifications and produces 409-458 HP with 374-409 FT-LBS of torque. APR's software is designed for use with NGK BKR8EIX spark plugs gapped to 0.024" ±0.002" or 0.6mm ±0.05mm with a change interval of 10-15,000 mi or 16-24,000 km. To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with various other bolt-on modifications all without requiring any new modifications to the ECU.


APR Stage 3 GTX2867R is available for 91 AKI, 93 AKI, and 100 AKI in North America, and 95 RON, 98 RON, and 104 AKI in the Rest of the World.

Horsepower and Torque Dyno Charts

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APR Calibration Report

StageHPTQMax GainMax Gain
Stock As Reported by VAG 200 PS 207 FT-LBS
Stock As Measured by APR 221 HP 223 FT-LBS
Stage 1
91 AKI / 95 RON253 HP 309 FT-LBS +67 HP +93 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON261 HP 317 FT-LBS +71 HP +101 FT-LBS
Stage 1+
91 AKI / 95 RON257 HP 312 FT-LBS +70 HP +95 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON268 HP 325 FT-LBS +78 HP +108 FT-LBS
104 AKI / 108 RON271 HP 336 FT-LBS +84 HP +120 FT-LBS
Stage 2
91 AKI / 95 RON270 HP 319 FT-LBS +77 HP +102 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON278 HP 341 FT-LBS +87 HP +125 FT-LBS
104 AKI / 108 RON283 HP 350 FT-LBS +95 HP +134 FT-LBS
Stage 3 K04
91 AKI / 95 RON346 HP 360 FT-LBS +133 HP +143 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON360 HP 382 FT-LBS +144 HP +164 FT-LBS
100 AKI / 104 RON375 HP 408 FT-LBS +166 HP +191 FT-LBS
Stage 3 GTX2876R
91 AKI / 95 RON409 HP 374 FT-LBS +199 HP +159 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON423 HP 387 FT-LBS +212 HP +174 FT-LBS
100 AKI / 104 RON458 HP 409 FT-LBS +244 HP +194 FT-LBS
Only use fuel equal to or higher than specified. Never use a lower octane fuel. Always follow our fuel guide, especially with race fuel and Ethanol, where available. Dynos are for reference only. Results will vary. Contributing factors include the vehicle condition, vehicle setup, dyno type, dyno setup, environmental factors, fuel quality, and more. When describing fuels, the North American Region (NAR) uses the Anti-Knock Index (AKI), (RON+MON)/2, or (R+M)/2. The Rest of the World (ROW) uses RON. RON is Research Octane Number and MON is Motor Octane Number.

Program switching allows you to access additional program modes and features from your cruise control stalk or your smart device with APR Mobile. Depending on the ECU, available memory, and selected options, up to four program modes and all features, can be installed.


  • Stock Mode - Go back to the stock power levels.
  • Performance Modes - Switch between octanes and program modes.
  • Valet Mode - Neuters the vehicle, giving the driver minimal output.
  • Security Lockout - Password protects program switching.
  • Anti-Theft - Password protects driving the vehicle.
  • Fault Code Erase - Resets ECU fault codes and adaptation.

APR Mobile

APR Mobile installs on smartphones, tables and other devices, and connects wirelessly to your ECU. The app can then be used to access features such as program switching, fault code reading and resetting, and high speed data logging.

Launch Limiter and No Lift Shift

APR’s Motorsport Launch Limiter is an optional feature that eliminates turbo lag and provides a user adjustable launching RPM to aid in vehicle acceleration from a complete stand still. Simply hold the clutch and accelerator while the vehicle is stationary and the engine’s RPM will hold at a predefined limit while boost pressure builds using a “clean,” catalytic converter safe, strategy. With the vehicle stationary, handbrake applied and clutch disengaged, the driver can set the launch RPM by raising the engine’s RPM and pressing the brake pedal to set and save the desired launching RPM. With practice, this method can result in violent acceleration off the line! This feature is for manual transmissions only.


APR’s Motorsport No-Lift Shift is an optional feature that allows the driver to maximize acceleration by reducing power, boost and time lost during a gear change. With the vehicle above 20 km/h and the accelerator pedal held above 98%, during a gear change, the strategy activates. The throttle remains open and boost pressure is not vented, resulting in more power immediately after a shift. This is achieved using a “clean,” catalytic converter safe, strategy, while the ECU automatically sets the appropriate time necessary for a torque intervention, allowing proper syncro alignment. No end user adjustment is necessary. The driver simply focuses on shifting as fast as possible! This feature is for manual transmissions only.

APR Motorsport was established in 2007 to prove APR’s products in some of the most demanding environments the vehicle and engine will ever see. Through extensive research and development, APR’s Engineering Teams are able to deliver ECU Upgrades backed by brutally track testing! Shortly after APR Motorsport’s success in Grand-AM, APR’s tuning packages became available to professional motorsport teams around the globe. APR Motorsport’s calibrations and engine packages have seen countless podium finishes, including several 12 and 24-hour endurance races on both stock and highly modified engines.

The APR Difference

Who we are - We’re a global automotive engineering firm nestled in Opelika, Alabama. Our 80,000ft² state-of-the-art facility is home to some of the best engineers in the industry, who have mastered hundreds of engine management systems. We have multiple engine and chassis dynos, and the resources necessary to create our ECU Upgrades in-house, from the ground up! We're not a new company either. We've been around since the 90's and we have a strong financial backing to ensure we'll be here to support you for decades to come!


What we do - We optimize everything to make your engine more powerful. We adjust air-fuel ratios, advance ignition, increase boost pressure, alter cam positions and lift profiles, and more, all depending on the type of engine and management system, of course! We don’t take shortcuts, and we don’t take risks. We do it the right way.


How we differ - With our proprietary calibration and direct ram access data logging tools and operating system code changes, we’re able to make some of the strongest and fastest ECU upgrades, without needing costly end user adjustments. We work with the ECUs intelligent modeling and closed-loop systems, and beta test in multiple environments to create upgrades that work no matter where you drive!

APR Software Pricing Guide

Our performance software upgrade is available in multiple stages with optional features.

APR Stage 1
APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade$599.99
APR Stage 1+
APR Stage 1+ ECU Upgrade$599.99
APR Stage 1+ ECU Upgrade From Stage 1FREE
APR Stage 2
APR Stage 2 ECU UpgradeDISCONTINUED
APR Stage 2 ECU Upgrade From Stage 1 or Stage 1+DISCONTINUED
APR Stage 3 K04
APR Stage 3 K04 ECU Upgrade$899.99
APR Stage 3 K04 ECU Upgrade From Stage 1, Stage 1+, or Stage 2$499.99
APR Stage 3 GTX2867R
This software is typically only included with our GTX Turbo System
Optional Features
Program Switching$149.99
Launch Limiter$99.99
No Lift Shift$99.99

Purchasing, Guarantee, and Updates

How to Purchase - APR Software Upgrades are only available through Authorized APR Dealers. The dealer will connect to your vehicle, and install the update.¹


Money-Back Guarantee - Try our Software Upgrades for up to 30 days, risk free! If you are not satisfied, return to an APR Dealer to have it removed and refunded.²


Free Updates - If we make an update, add a standard feature, or if the manufacturer issues an update, you are entitled to a free update.³


1. APR Software may not be available for all vehicles. Stages, programs, and features may not be available for all ECUs.
2. Excludes some Software Upgrades, such as those included with a hardware purchase. Labor charges are at the discretion of the installer.
3. Subject to availability. Labor charges are at the discretion of the installer. Applicable to the original purchaser. Second hand owners may inquire with an APR Dealer about a software license transfer fee.

Tech Resources

Important fuel quality information
Important fuel quality information
Find your boxcode and revision
Find your boxcode and revision
Program switching guide
Program switching guide
Launch Limiter and No Lift Shift Tutorial
Launch Limiter and No Lift Shift Tutorial
Launch Limiter and No Lift Shift Diagnosis
Launch Limiter and No Lift Shift Diagnosis
Only use fuel equal to or higher than specified. Never use a lower octane fuel. Always follow our fuel guide, especially with race fuel and Ethanol, where available. Dynos are for reference only. Results will vary. Contributing factors include the vehicle condition, vehicle setup, dyno type, dyno setup, environmental factors, fuel quality, and more. When describing fuels, the North American Region (NAR) uses the Anti-Knock Index (AKI), (RON+MON)/2, or (R+M)/2. The Rest of the World (ROW) uses RON. RON is Research Octane Number and MON is Motor Octane Number.

Applications

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